A man and his pet tortoise become local celebrities

May 19, 2017 11:45 pm Last Updated: May 19, 2017 11:45 pm


Funeral director Mitani Hisao, 62, and his 19-year-old tortoise named Bon-chan take a stroll together through their neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan a few times a week, to the delight of onlookers.

Anime fans may notice the pair bears a striking resemblance to Master Roshi and his friend Turtle from the Dragon Ball television series.

Hisao’s wife found the African spurred tortoise in a pet store when it was just a baby and felt an instant bond with him. But neither Hisao and his wife knew that the tortoise would get this big.

Hisao and his tortoise have become local celebrities, posing for many photographs, and the animal will sometimes even let small children ride him.